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Economic Development at The University of Toledo

The University of Toledo is actively involved in the Northwest Ohio region’s economic development efforts. Many centers and institutes have joined the economic development endeavors to help strengthen and grow the community in and around Toledo.

The Science and Technology Corridor

A partner in Economic Development for connecting and developing the region’s assets (including the University) in research, technology commercialization, location utilization, infrastructure availability and enhanced workforce capabilities, thereby stimulating the area’s economic and social revival.

Wright Center for  Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization
The Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC) is a means whereby the State of Ohio will expand its high technology research base in Ohio’s core competency of advanced manufacturing using advanced materials.  PVIC supports the generation of employment opportunities for Ohio’s workforce through innovation and commercialization activities centered on eliminating commercialization barriers currently facing Ohio companies in the photovoltaics (PV) sector.  Companies active in the PV industry, from those researching advanced materials development to those deploying the energy producing devices, advise and coordinate experts in Ohio universities and national laboratories in their PVIC contributions. 
Business Incubation Services The Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator gives university spin-off businesses and alternative energy companies who want to collaborate with the university a place to nurture and grow into stable, expanding businesses that can enhance the business community of Northwest Ohio and the region.
Economic Development Council

The Economic Development Council will bring together members of the University community who are involved in economic development activities, or who interact formally or informally with external agencies, offices, or boards that have economic development agendas.

Technology Clusters The University of Toledo's Urban Affairs Center, working collaboratively with Bowling Green State University's Center for Policy Analysis and Public Service, identified a number of technology clusters for Northwest Ohio that are the focus of a coordinated economic development program involving the Regional Growth Partnership, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, the City of Toledo, and Lucas County.
The Urban Affairs Center

The Urban Affairs Center is an applied research unit of The University of Toledo within the Office of Research and a member of the Ohio Urban University Program. Their mission is to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life of Toledo and its metropolitan region.

UT Center for Family Business

The UT Center for Family Business recognizes excellence in locally owned family businesses and encourages greater understanding, provides resources and support, and keeps family businesses informed. Programs are offered annually to provide information on family business topics of interest to members by employing nationally known speakers, case studies, family business owners and other experts to discuss business issues and challenges from their personal perspective or professional experience.
The Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI) The University of Toledo (UT) has initiated efforts to establish an Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI). The purpose of the ITI is to work cooperatively with public and private sector partners in transportation, logistics, and supply chain management to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life.
The University of Toledo University Transportation Center (UTUTC) The UT-UTC focuses on economic development through transportation research and education. The initial plan for the Center was articulated by businesses that depend on transportation to compete successfully in a global economy.
International Business Institute (IBI)

The International Business Institute (IBI) at The University of Toledo is dedicated to strengthening the global competitiveness of firms in the Great Lakes region through educational programs, contract research, training services, management consulting, and timely publications.  The IBI is committed to advancing international programs at UT through faculty development, international business co-ops/internships, study-abroad programs, and a world class curriculum.

Lake Erie Western Alliance for Sustainability (LEWAS) The LEWAS has come together as an alliance to address growing concerns about climate change and to come up with ideas about how the community can respond to the challenges associated with climate change.

UT also has research centers that work with community economic development resources, including (but not limited to):
Last Updated: 6/26/15